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UK, New Zealand approve trade deal; hope it opens more doors

Oct. 21, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and New Zealand have agreed on a trade deal that eliminates tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. expands economic links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The deal was cemented late Wednesday in a conference call...

UK, New Zealand approve trade deal; hope it opens more doors

Oct. 20, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain agreed to a trade deal with New Zealand on Wednesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand economic links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The deal was cemented in a conference call...

EU-UK talks, fishing threat kick Brexit back into high gear

Oct. 15, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit brawl kicked into high gear Friday on sticking points over Northern Ireland and French fishing, coming almost a year after a deal on a free trade agreement was supposed to have officially sealed the separation between the European Union and the United Kingdom. ...

Great Brexit brawl: EU offers to improve N Ireland deal

Oct. 13, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The great Brexit brawl headed into its next standoff Wednesday when European Union concessions to improve trade in Northern Ireland were likely to be deemed insufficient by the United Kingdom. The EU’s top Brexit official, Maros Sefcovic, proposed...

Mexico presents plan to shutter private power plants

Oct. 11, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president presented details on Monday of a proposal that is likely to squeeze out hundreds of private power generating plants and may provoke complaints under the Mexico-U.S.-Canada free trade accord. The constitutional reform presented by...

Former Australian PM Abbott calls for solidarity with Taiwan

Oct. 08, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former Australian prime minister accused China of being a bully and expressed enthusiastic support for Taiwan while visiting the democratically ruled island on Friday. “Nothing is more pressing right now than solidarity with Taiwan,” former...

Australia welcoming back French ambassador after sub spat

Oct. 07, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed France’s decision to return its ambassador to Australia and said Thursday the bilateral relationship was bigger than the canceled submarine contract. Morrison dismissed suggestions that Australia needed...

Australia-EU trade talks delayed amid submarine deal fallout

Oct. 01, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A round of free trade talks between the European Union and Australia has been postponed by one month in the wake of a dispute over the Australian government's decision to cancel a multibillion-euro French submarine deal, EU and Australian officials said Friday. ...

EU adopts 5 billion-euro Brexit reserve to help businesses

Sep. 28, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council on Tuesday approved a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) reserve aimed at helping EU businesses tackle the short-term effects of Brexit. The council, which represents the national government of every EU member nation, said the money will...

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Sep. 23, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising...